The cast of William McInnes (John) & Monic Hendrickx (Tahmeena) really make this a little Aussie gem. The performance of William McInnes shines like a radiant sunrise on a spring day. You may have seen McInnes on the screen in SeaChange, Blue Heelers & My Brother Jack (2001), just to name a few. He has picked up numerous Logies & AFI Awards along the way.
Two Flat Whites have always enjoyed seeing McInnes on the television or the movie screens & this film has reconfirmed for us that he is one of the most talented Australian actors on the scene today. The leading lady Monic Hendrickx is a beautiful woman & her character draws you to her life & the flick.
SPOILER ALERT WARNING
The story begins with John, a farmer living in a remote part of the country in central Queensland. His wife passed away six years ago. John is still taking it hard & resorts to drinking for comfort, while he blames himself for her death. Then dramatically, Tahmeena enters the movie. Bruised & battered, she runs towards John’s farm. He takes her in & they develop quite a bond.
Tahmeena is an illegal immigrant from Afghanistan. Choosing Australia in pursuit of her little girl, who was taken from her in her homeland. John teaches her English, & Tahmeena teaches John how to love again. Tahmeena was rapped & pillaged by the guy that owns the local pub with his son. She consistently has flashbacks & remains scared throughout the movie.
The film reaches its climax when the local pub owner & his son look to John’s farm with guns to hunt out Tahmeena. The twist to the story is when the audience discovers that the country town cop (David Field) is also seeking Tahmeena, to cover his wrong doings. The support cast led by David Field is fantastic & supports the lead actors with gusto.
Unfinished Sky (2007) is a wonderfully directed (Peter Duncan) film; it tackles issues in society such as loneliness, excessive drinking, refugees, crime & love. The ending is not predictable & finishes on a realistic note. The acting is what makes this Australian movie stand out from so many others.
Article written by Liam Gibbs.